One of the rank requirements for Star, Life and Eagle is that the scout serves actively in a position of responsibility (POR) within the troop. For Star, the position must be held for four months once he has attained the First Class rank. For Life, the position must be held for six months once he has attained the Star rank. For Eagle, the position must be held for six months once he has attained the Life rank. Being a good leader is a skill that can be learned only by doing it. A scout is recognized for his experience and knowledge by being offered a POR within the troop. However, just wearing the patch or being asked to serve does not constitute “serving actively”. The definition of “serving actively” varies from position to position and should be discussed with the SM or ASM. It is at the discretion of the SM or ASM to “sign off” the “serving actively in a POR” requirements for Star, Life and Eagle. The “sign off” may occur during or immediately following the term of the POR. As with all advancement requirements, obtaining the “sign off” is the scout’s responsibility.
Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) The Patrol Leaders' Council is made up of the Senior Patrol Leader, who presides over the meetings. The Patrol Leaders' Council plans and runs the troop's programs and activities and gives long-range direction. The Patrol Leaders' Council meets each month to fine-tune upcoming troop meetings and outings. Patrol Leaders and Troop Guides present the ideas and concerns of their patrols, then take the Patrol Leaders' Council’s decisions back to the rest of the troop members. It is an expectation that scouts running for these positions understand that they must be a member in good standing and are expected to attend most of the meetings and outings. All scouts in elected or appointed positions of leadership are expected to complete ILST (troop leadership training) within 3 months of assuming their new position. Scout Positions of Responsibilities 1. Senior Patrol Leader * elected by majority vote in the troop 2. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader * appointed by the SPL 3. Patrol Leader * elected by the majority of the patrol 4. Troop Guide 5. Quartermaster 6. Scribe 7. Historian 8. Librarian 9. Webmaster 10. Den Chief 11. Chaplain Aide 12. Order of the Arrow Representative 13. Outdoor Ethics Guide 14. Instructor 15. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster * appointed by the Scoutmaster All these leadership positions are available to scouts. These positions expire when the new SPL is elected.